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The Department of Homeland Security told election officials in 21 states Friday their election systems were hacked in September of 2016, per the AP.

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Data: AP reports, Department of Homeland Security; Cartogram: Axios Visuals via Associated Press. Data as of Sept. 22, 6pm.

  • Government officials told the AP they believe the hackers were Russian agents.
  • In most cases the systems were not breached.
  • Most of the states heard Friday for the first time of this hacking.

Why it matters: That's direct confirmation from the government that it believes Russian agents tried to hack the election.

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The week the Trump show ended

Data: NewsWhip; Chart: Andrew Witherspoon/Axios

Donald Trump was eclipsed in media attention last week by President Biden for the first time since Trump took office, according to viewership data on the internet, on social media and on cable news.

Why it matters: After Trump crowded out nearly every other news figure and topic for five years, momentum of the new administration took hold last week and the former president retreated, partly by choice and partly by being forced off the big platforms.

Pay TV's bleak post-pandemic outlook

Data: eMarketer; Chart: Axios Visuals

The pandemic has taken a huge toll on the Pay-TV industry, and with the near-term future of live sports in question, there are no signs of it getting better in 2021.

Why it matters: The fraught Pay-TV landscape is forcing some smaller, niche cable channels out of business altogether.

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Biden sets his sights on China

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The new administration's first few moves and statements on China suggest that President Biden may continue some of the Trump era's most assertive policies.

Why it matters: China's severe domestic repression, its dramatic rise as a technological superpower, and its increasingly aggressive actions around the globe mean that the world expects the American president to take action.